What do you do when you wake up and how does that morning routine make you feel. So many successful people are talking about this morning routine stuff that I had to know more. One of the most memorable of these people is Hal Elrod who wrote the Morning Miracle. His approach is simple and life changing for so many people, and it all starts with his morning.
I was thinking about my morning routine more recently because I am the new owner for a puppy, a very energetic, early rising puppy. Needless to say, this life change has changed my morning routine in more ways than one and I have noticed profound changes in myself, due to the changes that I have made with my new puppy. So let’s get into it. What are people saying about mornings.
What do wise, successful happy people do in the morning? Well I am not an expert or do I claim to know what works for everyone but here is the short list of what my research has uncovered so far. This is not in a particular order, but rather a list of what many people swear as what they incorporate into their most awesome days:
- Gratitude – this seems to be done is so many ways. Some people think 3 things they are grateful for when they wake up. Some say a gratitude list out loud or in front of the mirror. Some write it down. Some meditate on it. Some sing it… so I deduced that making note of areas of gratitude in some way shape or form upon waking, is beneficial.
- Breath – this sounds silly. We all breath right? Well stop reading right now and take an intentional, slow, focused breath. Feel any different than you did breathing unconsciously? I do. Which is why I take 3 conscious deep breathes upon waking. It centers me and stops my mind from immediately going into “whirl around” mode.
- Stretch – stretching used to be something that I did for about 15 minutes every morning before even brushing my teeth. Life happens and I don’t currently have that time anymore, but I still stretch, just for less time. So if you have 2 hours or 2 minutes, you can get out of bed and stretch, move your body, get your blood moving and your joints opening. Here was a morning stretch series from Dr. Oz on Oprah.com.
- Get outside – even if you step out your front door, out onto your porch or into your yard. Get outside. It feels good and it can help you feel energized in the morning and sleep better at night. I have been known to open a window if that is all I can do, even if it is freezing cold out, just so that I can see the outside and breath the outside. But if you can, a morning walk can be a bonus sleep hack and daytime energizer for many of us!
- Wait to get on your phone or check your social media – unless you really really have to… you might want to check your phone and your social stuff when you are ready to jump into computer mode. Meaning, as soon as you check your phone, see your email, or scroll through your social channels, your mind will get going in that other place, away from now, away from your morning and your gratitude and perhaps your family or other present moment thoughts. You might be stressed out being pulled to your social media responses while still waking up your children, having breakfast with your family, or taking in the morning sun. Multitasking isn’t always helpful in the morning.
I know that this might seem like a lot, but you can probably do most of this in 10 minutes or less, and if it gets your day going in a direction that leads to joy, productivity, and wellness, then that 10 minutes if most likely worth it! Also, most of it can be done with kids, pets and others around. Your kids might actually enjoy getting on this routine with you and you making this family time for everyone. After this, I grab some green tea, a pen, paper and planner and get going for my day! How about you?